Nathan and I were at a party recently where there was an awesome spread of cheese, crackers, meats, dried fruits and nuts. I like to taste a bit of everything (and then taste Nathan’s food) but my hand hesitated before picking up what looked like plain, boring walnuts. Nathan had no such hesitation and the look of delight in his eyes after tasting the nuts was enough for me to demand some from his plate. The walnuts were covered in a sweet and salty crust that Nathan and I went, well, nuts over (sorry!)
This whole incident got us thinking… why don’t people make candied nuts more often!? They are fast, easy, and delicious! We decided we had to recreate (and hopefully improve upon) the sugared walnuts at home and the following recipe is it! These nuts are a perfect snack that we are bringing to you just in time for the holidays.
Warning: These nuts are ADDICTIVE. After Nathan went back for his 14th handful I started smacking his hand so that there would be nuts leftover to take pictures of for the blog. I now have the nuts in a safe lock box so that we won’t finish the entire pound of nuts by the end of the day.
1 egg white
1 Tbs. water
2 Tbs. honey
1 pound walnuts
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Add walnuts to egg whites, add honey, and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely and store in a tupperware container.